I appreciate that not many people are aware of Mahn Doo yet as I can easily get a table, even on a Friday evening.
I like that I don't have to queue, wait for long, or even call to make a table booking. I often say to my friends, "I booked out the whole restaurant to have dinner with you!"
At the same time though, I really really enjoyed all my experiences at Mahn Doo and I do hope to see them succeed. Of course, I also hope that others get to enjoy their amazing Korean food too.
I don't think my blog post will be able to change much of that, but I think Mahn Doo at least deserves my raving post, so here goes! :)
I first discovered Mahn Doo at the end of 2014, and have since returned 5 times. I must really LOVE the food for me to visit the same restaurant 6 times in 3 months. Mahn Doo never lets me down. I've brought few groups of friends there, and like me, they all love it.
Mahn Doo or usually spelt as man-du (만두) are Korean dumplings. So when a restaurant names itself after a dish, you just have to order it.
At Mahn Doo, you can have it two ways - fried (군만두) or steamed (찐만두). They offer three different fillings - beef, pork, or kimchi pork. I've tried them all, but my favs are the beef and kimchi pork.
|Steamed Kimchi & Pork Mahn Doo ($5)|
I like to have the kimchi pork dumplings steamed, and the beef ones fried. The Boyfriend, on the other hand, is a bigger fan of the pan-fried dumplings (whatever filling it may be).
|Pan-fried Beef Mahn Doo ($6)|
As its name suggest, Mahn Doo do serve the best Korean dumplings I've had in Melbourne, and so so reasonably priced too! For 8 pieces per serving, the fried ones are $6 and steamed ones $5.
|Korean Traditional Seafood Pancake ($17)|
|Korean traditional minced beef BBQ ($24)|
The meat patties were so tender and full of flavour, but what's unique about Mahn Doo's version is that they have mushroom and tofu sandwiched in between, Really really yummeh!!
|Pan-fried Spicy Pork Bulgogi with Vegetables ($22)|
This is one of my favourite Korean main dish, and not a lot of places do them well. This however, was perfect!
I can't seem to stop raving about Mahn Doo, can I? They should hire me as their ambasssador. :P
|Grilled Fish - I'm guessing mackerel? ($18/$19)|
I also absolutely love their unlimited ban chan (side dishes) of kimchi, Korean potato salad and soft silky tofu.
I know, it's embarrassing because they don't charge for refills, but they're so delicious, we just gotta be shameless and ask. If we go in a group, we ask for refills at least 3-4 times, at least.
|Deep-fried Whole Chicken served with honey mustard, salt & pepper ($30)|
|Sweet & Spicy Fried Chicken ($18)|
I'm not too big a fan of boneless chicken but oh that sauce, if only I can pair it with the original fried chicken, rather than the boneless fried chicken.
|Spicy Kimchi & Pork Traditional Soup $20|
If you're all in for something spicy, I highly recommend the spicy kimchi and pork traditional soup (as pictured) instead as I found it much nicer! Yes, this is coming from someone who doesn't tolerate spiciness very well.
I'm looking forward to try their galbi-tang (beef ribs stew). We wanted to top up our order once after inhaling the first round of food, but was told there was a 20 minutes wait for the galbi-tang so we ordered something else instead. Can't wait to try!
|Grilling marinated thinly sliced beef with mushrooms ($40)|
Little did we know that beneath all that beef and variety of mushrooms, lies a little dome which was part of the bronze grilling pan. It was delicious though, and I kept helping myself to the broth.
All in all, amazing and absolutely taste food and drinks! I haven't had a dish or meal at Mahn Doo that has let me know yet. I cannot recommend this place enough!
As for service, it has been really fantastic; all the waitstaff were extremely friendly and always very welcoming on all my visits. I also appreciate that they have a little 'CALL' button on every table so there's no need to wave or signal to attract the waiter's attention.
Pair all of that with the perfect ambience with jazz music playing in the background, it's the perfect place for a date or even to hang out with friends for a few drinks and good food.